Mar 25, 2013 - 8:13 pm
My husband, Doug, was diagnosed with metastasized squamous cell carcinoma the day after Thanksgiving. His primary is the base of his tongue and the epiglottis. We live a little more than an hour from MD Anderson Cancer Center so that is where we went for treatment. Doug went into a clinic trial at the beginning of January for Head and Neck patients. It entailed induction chemotherapy with cetuximab, paciltaxel, and carboplatin.
Prior to finding out that Doug had cancer, we both lived healthy lives, organic food, working out, never smoked. Doug had seven weeks of chemo, and my once college baseball player, spent most of his days in bed.
Doug is on day 4 of 33 treatments of radiation. He has 15 treatment locations and spends 9 minutes in radiation. What I want to know is..... how bad will he be after three weeks? I want to know the truth, hearing that every patient is different does not suffice. His radiation oncologist said that it would be terrible, but what does that mean? I have watched the MD Anderson video on radiation, but what have you experienced?
Thank you for your experience,